The Infringements Process
Infringements are common. People often find themselves with multiple infringements or neglect to pay the fines and infringement debt can escalate quite easily.
People often receive infringements for minor traffic or transport breaches. Traffic infringements are not uncommon. This may include speeding, red light, toll, public transport or sheriff fines. If you receive a fine and fail to pay it by the due date, the fine is escalated in three steps.
Firstly, you will receive a Penalty Reminder Notice and be required to pay an additional sum on top of the fine.
Secondly, you will receive a Notice of Final Demand and a further additional payment will be added to the amount.
Thirdly you will receive an Enforcement Warrant and there will be a third additional payment added to the original fine amount.
Failure to address the sheriff warrant will result in further action by the Sheriff.
Following is a diagram outlining the stages of the infringement process.
Since the commencement of the reform in the Fines Reform Act 2014 on the 31st December 2017, the life cycle of infringements has shortened from 6 months to warrant, to 2 1/2 months to warrant. The following diagram outlines the changes from the old system to the new.
Old Infringement Process – 168 Days
(prior to 31st December 2017)
Fines Recovery Process – 77 Days
(as of 1st January 2018)